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Insufferable film, intolerable Akshay Rating: 1/5 Cast: Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Satyadev Kancharana, Na...

Insufferable film, intolerable Akshay

Rating: 1/5

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Satyadev Kancharana, Nassar, Parvesh Rana, Jennifer Piccinato

Ram Setu is Akshay Kumar’s fifth film of the year and like his other film releases, this too falls flat only proving once again that Akshay is a non-actor.

Akshay was once a bankable star but that era has long passed. He has now realized that he is a big star and – like Salman Khan – and knows that whatever dish he serves up, good or bad, the audience will devour it. Ram Setu tries to be an Indian version of Indiana Jones, but ends up being a bad adventurous propagandist film full of Hindu symbolism.

The film starts in 2007 with Aryan on a joint expedition in Bamyan, Afghanistan after which he declares himself to be an atheist. Meanwhile, Indrakant, the owner of Pushpak Shipping Corporation (the backdrop has the same logo of Pushpak used in the cult Kamal Hasan film) wants the government to dismantle Ram Setu as a part of his Sethusamudram Project. Aryan joins hands with Indrakant to prove that the Setu predates the birth of Lord Ram. He is helped in his quest by project manager Bali (a meaningful Praveshh Rana), a Goa-based environmentalist Dr. Sandra Rebello (Fernandez) and Dr. Gabrielle (Jennifer Piccinato). During his research, he realizes that Ram Setu was probably built by Lord Ram and his Vanar Sena and it is during this quest that he gets the assistance of a mysterious guide AP (a brilliant Satyadev Kancharana).

A film that tries to justify the actions of toxic Hindus, Ram Setu is a piece of “art” that would lead anyone to exhaustion in the first 10 minutes. Half the films of Akshay in the past six years have been propagandist and this is no different. But while those films were bad but not insufferable, this is both!

The viewer will have a clear idea of what kind of trash he’s about to watch from the very first scene alone which features the Taliban blowing up a historic artifact shown through Super 8mm frame. During Akshay’s monologue in Supreme Court, it’s so obvious that he is reading his monologue off of a teleprompter – visible through his spectacles – it would lead any hardcore Akshay fan to question why he started following this “actor” in the first place.

Abhishek Sharma’s direction and screenplay is amateurish which is surprising since he has made some good films (Tere Bin Laden, Parmanu) in the past. The performances are uniformly bad with the exception of Satyadev Kancharana who is funny as AP. Akshay should honestly quit acting. He is simply intolerable as Dr. Aryan Kulshrestha.  Jacqueline Fernandez as Dr. Sandra Rebello is strictly ok.  Nushrratt Bharuccha as Professor Gayatri Kulshrestha is an unnecessary addition to the cast while  Nassar as Indrakant hardly has any screen time but is good in the little to nothing screen time he has.

Bad visual effects, amateurish direction, bad script, bad dialogues, bad characterization, bad set design, bad acting, bad music, bad cinematography, this film has it all.


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